What’s Inside the Vatican Museums?

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Hello all! I’ve been neglecting my blog and haven’t posted for just over a month now. Work has been (still is) hectic but it’s APEC week here in the Philippines so I have 5 days off! Also for some reason I haven’t been able to access my blog from my laptop and I’ve tried everything but anywayyyy, I have a lot of exciting travel plans for next year but for now I’ll be posting all my Rome and Singapore photos for #TravelbackThrowback

I’m sure everyone has heard of the Vatican Museums and today I’ll be giving you guys a sneak peak inside to somehow spark your wanderlust, get off your asses and go see it in person because it’s just too beautiful to miss.

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The spiral stairs of the Vatican Musuem designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932.

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Founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II, there are a total of 54 museums. HUGEEEEE! So huge in fact it contains the world’s largest collection of art with 14.5 kms of pieces. With around 1,400 rooms, chapels, and galleries you could spend the whole day here!

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One of the many rooms that we walked through was the Pinacoteca which is 18 rooms filled with paintings from the Middles Ages to the 1800.

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The paintings are so beautiful and so perfectly preserved. It’s hard to imagine that most of theres are hundreds of years old.

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This is the replica of the La Pieta another creation by Michelangelo. The original is currently being displayed inside St. Peter’s Basilica (I showed a photo with it in my previous post about St. Peter’s). You can actually get big posters of the art pieces from the gift shop. My mum bought one of the La Pieta and I got the Creation of Man. Each poster was 10 euros (around Php 500).

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Outside garden of the museum if you need a little breather. There is also a cafeteria and pizzeria if you get a little hungry from walking around.

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Any guesses of who this is?

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Welcome to the Gallery of Statues!

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The photo above is inside the Gallery of Busts.

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Italian’s do love their ceilings. Almost all of the ceilings inside the Vatican Museum are masterpieces themselves.

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Saw some of the most beautiful (and probably the biggest) tapestries.

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My favorite part! Finally going to see the Sistine Chapel.  The chapel was mainly used for both a place of religious and functionary papal activity. Today it is the used for the Papal conclave which is the process by which a new pope is selected.

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Celing for days!!!!! I love the colors, the details, the paintings. Ahhhh! I think maybe I could’ve broken my neck walking through the hallways.

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The Last Judgement (1536-1541). One of my favorites by Michelangelo.  It’s his depiction of the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal judgement by God of all humanity. It took four years to complete. Just imagine!

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The breathtaking ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Right in the middle, another fresco by Michelangelo and my favorite work from him. The Creation of Adam (1511-1512). It illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God breathes life into Adam, the first man.

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Another famous fresco, Delivery of Keys or Christ Giving the Keys to Peter by Pietro Perugino (1481–1482).

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If you ever get a chance to see the Vatican Museum, take it. Take it all in. It’s definitely one for the books.

“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving.”

— Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 23 August 1787

xo

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